Mike Holt

NEC Trainer / Consultant,
Mike Holt Enterprises

Mike earned a masters degree in the Business Administration Program (MBA) from the University of Miami. He earned his reputation as a National Electrical Code (NEC) expert by working his way up through the electrical trade. Formally a construction editor for two different trade publications, Mike started his career as an apprentice electrician and eventually became a master electrician, an electrical inspector, a contractor, and an educator. Since 1975, he has provided custom in-house seminars for groups such as IAEI, NECA, ICBO, IBM, AT&T, Motorola, and the U.S. Navy. Mike has taught more than 1,000 classes on 30 different electrical-related subjects — ranging from alarm installations to exam preparation and voltage drop calculations. He continues to develop seminars, videos, books, and software as well as contributing monthly Code content to EC&M magazine.

Code Q&A 1
Q. We have a heat tape system installed on a metal roof. Someone told us to use a GFCI on the circuit, and someone else told us not to. Does the NEC offer any guidance here?
Stumped by the Code?
Q. Do we have to install a receptacle behind the swing of a door in a bedroom of a dwelling unit, even if the wall is only 2 ft 6 in. wide?
Surge Suppression Devices
Avoid transient voltage problems by understanding how to correctly apply Art. 285 of the National Electrical Code (NEC)
Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Equipment
Article 430, the largest Article in the NEC, is commonly understood to be the “motor” Article
Code Quandaries 1
Q. What are the NEC grounding requirements for satellite dishes?
Code Q&A
Q. What are the GFCI requirements for vending machines?
Code Q&A
Q. Can we use EMT in a masonry wall, or must we use RMC?
Code Q&A
Q. Is the grounding conductor for a TV antenna sized the same as a grounding conductor for a satellite dish?
Code Quandaries
Q. I am having a hard time understanding the rule on how to size the circuit breaker/fuse for a motor that has separate overload protection. Can you please explain this rule?
Code Q&A
Q. Do we still have to bond the deck of an outdoor swimming pool if the deck is constructed of pavers?
Code Q&A
Q. We are being told that we must GFCI protect our receptacle for the washing machine if it is located within 6 ft of the laundry sink.
Pools and Spas — Part 3 of 3 4
How to meet Art. 680 requirements for wiring fountains, pools, and spas per the National Electrical Code (NEC)
Stumped by the Code?
Q. I am having a hard time understanding the feeder tap rules. Can you please show an example of how the 1/10 rule for 10-ft taps applies?
Code Q&A
Q. What are the requirements for grounding metal equipment racks supporting computer servers?
Code Q&A
Q. We are being told that we can’t use PVC conduit underground to provide power to the gasoline pumps we are wiring. Is this true?
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